The Oldie Literary Lunches have become a venerable institution on the London literary scene since they were first launched in 1996. Held monthly at Simpson's-in-the-Strand, the lunches feature three speakers who each address the audience for ten minutes. A delicious three-course lunch with wine accompanies the talks.
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FORTHCOMING OLDIE LITERARY LUNCHES
MARCH 11th - SOLD OUT
From left to right: Peter Lewis, Princess Michael of Kent and John Julius Norwich
Peter Lewis Rogues’ Gallery is a journey through the past half-century, charting the ups and downs of leading writers and actors, thinkers, entertainers, gurus, politicians and public non-conformists. ‘A jewel of a book, frequently hilarious and constantly surprising’ – The Mail on Sunday
Princess Michael of Kent talks about The Queen of Four Kingdoms a novel based on the true story of Yolande of Aragon’s marriage to the Duke of Anjou, a marriage which formed an alliance between the warring kingdoms.
John Julius Norwich talks about Darling Monster. When John Julius was ten years old he was evacuated to Canada to escape the Blitz. Darling Monster is a collection of Lady Diana Cooper’s letters to her young son.
APRIL 8th - SOLD OUT
From left to right: Roger Bannister, Christopher Matthew and Dounglas Hurd
Roger Bannister Twin Track: The Autobiography. Sir Roger Bannister is best-known for running the four-minute mile in 1954. In this frank memoir, he tells, for the first time, the full story of his sporting achievements and of his professional life as a distinguished doctor and neurologist once his athletic career drew to a close.
Christopher Matthew Christopher Matthew follows up the huge success of Now We Are Sixty with a collection of mordant, witty, cautionary verses about the British bourgeoisie and its foibles and failings.
Douglas Hurd Disraeli or the Two Lives. Former Foreign Secretary Lord Hurd’s new book looks at Disraeli the man versus the politician. Disraeli was a gambler and a dandy but also a devoted servant and favourite Prime Minister of the Queen, a dichotomy which characterised his political career. ‘Gripping, succinct, lethal and always entertaining’ – Matthew Parris, The Times.
MAY 20th - TICKETS AVAILABLE
From left to right: Mary Beard, Mary Berry and Simon Jenkins
Mary Beard Confronting the Classics. Professor Beard’s Confronting the Classics proves that the classics are alive and kicking and well worth studying. ‘Witty and erudite’ – Sunday Times
Mary Berry Recipe For Life. This year’s Oldie of the Year and one of the nation’s best-loved cookery writers and presenters will talk about her passion for food that became her life’s work.
Simon Jenkins England’s 100 Best Views. Guardian journalist and best-selling writer Simon Jenkins will transport Oldie readers to some of England’s most sublime scenery.
JUNE 24th - TICKETS AVAILABLE
From left to right: Ben Macintyre, John Banville and Tristram Hunt and
Tristram Hunt Ten Cities That Made An Empire. The Shadow Education Secretary will talk about the lives and structures of the cities which shaped the British Empire.
John Banville The Infinities. The booker prize-winner's novel The Infinities is set in Ireland in a house called Arden. It's main characters are two Adams: one old and dying and the other young but ineffectual.
Ben Macintyre A Spy Among Friends. Times columnist and Associate Editor Ben Macintyre’s latest book tells the true, untold story of Kim Philby, Soviet mole and one of Britain’s most notorious defectors. Philby’s closest friends, Nicholas Elliott of MI6 and the CIA chief James Jesus Angleton, thought they knew Philby better than anyone but discovered they didn’t know him at all. ‘Arguably his most ambitious account yet: a penetrating portrait of the double agent Kim Philby...’ – Daily Telegraph
John Carey The Unexpected Professor. John Carey, English professor at Oxford, controversial commentator, book critic and beekeeper, reflects on a life immersed in literature. He describes the events that formed him – an escape from the London Blitz to an idyllic rural village, army service in Egypt, an open scholarship to Oxford in the 1950s and an academic career that saw him elected, in his early forties, to Oxford’s oldest English Literature chair.
OTHER SPEAKERS FOR THE JULY DATE TO BE CONFIRMED.